Getting into the sport : A friend recommended to go to a summer synchro camp with her, she loved it and signed up for the full season that fall.
Career highlights: “Moving to Toronto is a definite highlight in my career as it was a big stepping stone for me towards swimming on National teams. The other highlight for me was swimming on the Next Gen team and competing at the 2017 Synchro America Open because it was a great new experience swimming senior.”
Family: Parents are Mary O’Brien and Brendan Barrett, they both immigrated to Canada from Ireland and settled in Newfoundland where she and her brothers Stephen and Michael were born and raised. “My family has been incredibly supportive of my synchro career and I wouldn’t be where I am without them. Another important parent figure in my life is Eileen Barry who is my billet mom and has made my time in Toronto a really great experience.”
Outside interests: Likes spending time friends from swimming and school, trying new food places, and exploring Toronto. Catherine also enjoys keeping up to date with current events in the world.
Favorite quote: “Don’t watch the clock; do what it does. Keep going. “
Synchro Idols: Valerie Welsh – first national team member to come visit the St. John’s Sea Stars while Catherine was training there. She inspired her to strive to swim for Canada.
Pre-swim ritual: Focus on her breathing.
Future aspirations: Hopes to study kinesiology as an undergraduate and then go into some sort of job in the science field such as occupational therapy. She would love to volunteer with Doctors Without Borders if she ends up in a job which allows her to do so.
Why she loves synchro : “I love synchro because of the amazing friendships I have formed and for the feeling right after a performance.”